Item description for Kenneth Fearing: Selected Poems (American Poets Project) by Kenneth Fearing, Robert Polito, Biz Hull, Jay Snyder, Fajer Al-kaisi, Randall Steeb, Harry J. Thie & Kevin Nowlan...
Poet, journalist, and crime novelist, Kenneth Fearing (1902--61) wrote poems filled with the lingo of advertising and radio broadcasts and tabloid headlines, sidewalk political oratory, and the pop tunes on the jukebox. He evoked the jitters of the Depression and the war years in a voice alternately sardonic and melancholy, and depicted a fragmenting urban world bom-barded by restless desires and unnerving fears. But this portraitist of his era also foreshadowed much that was to come in American writing. This volume reveals him as a vernacular prophet of media culture and consumerism, and at the same time as a lyric poet of tremendous gifts.
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Release Date Mar 1, 2004
Publisher Library of America
ISBN 193108257X ISBN13 9781931082570
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More About Kenneth Fearing, Robert Polito, Biz Hull, Jay Snyder, Fajer Al-kaisi, Randall Steeb, Harry J. Thie & Kevin Nowlan
KENNETH FEARING (1902-1961) was born in Oak Park, Illinois. Voted wittiest boy and class pessimist in high school, he moved to New York City after graduating the University of Wisconsin. He published several well received volumes of poetry in addition to his novels, including "Angel Arms," "Dead Reckoning," and "Stranger at Coney Island and other poems." ROBERT POLITO is the author of "Doubles, A Reader's Guide to James Merrill's "The Changing Light at Sandover and "Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson." He edited the Library of America volumes, "Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1930s and 1940s" and "Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1950s," and directs the Graduate Writing Program at The New School. He lives in New York.
Kenneth Fearing was born in 1902 and died in 1961.
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grit and wit of hip hop feels modern in early 20th century poems Jan 17, 2007
A real discovery for me, having thought I knew what went on in 1920s, 30s American writing. These poems capture the street, the world of advertising and film noir, rhythms of jazz and popular music, and critique society instead of disengaging from the world like so much poetry of the time seems to do.
The great noir poet Mar 9, 2006
I don't own this edition but do have fond memories of poring over the old Indiana University Press edition in the library...Fearing was the only poet to complement perfectly the great period of film noir and I always enjoyed his poetry more than his prose...he is the great master of modern alienation in verse, middle class suburban neurotic breakdown, unspoken fear and paranoia, portraying the poison of untrammeled American commercial culture at its most corrosive. It's not surprising that we never learned the lesson from him because he is also the most criminally neglected American poet of the century. Thanks to Mr. Polito for resurrecting him.